With the aim of making architecture more accessible, Open House began in 1992 as a small not-for-profit outfit, to promote public interest in London’s buildings. The concept has now spread to over 20 cities worldwide, with cities such as Chicago, Rome and Sydney joining this year.
This weekend, has over 800 buildings taking part, accompanied by tours, talks and cycle rides. Many of the buildings will have a dedicated guide to help you explore, whilst some tours will be led by the buildings’ architects themselves.
Open House London is a fantastic chance to see inside some of the buildings that close their doors to the public for the rest of the year. Highlights include The Gherkin, Lloyd’s of London and the centrepiece of the festival; the newly opened Leadenhall Building. The building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + partners for British Land, has been affectionately nicknamed ‘The Cheesegrater’, and it’s sleek, slanted form was brilliantly designed to protect the views of St Pauls Cathedral from Fleet Street. It has a cathedral-like atrium at ground-level, which will be open to the public throughout the year, however this is your first chance to enter the upper echelons, so take it, or you may have to wait until next September!
Open House London runs from 20th-21st September. Visit Open House London to find out more about this year’s participating buildings.
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